Solo Date Night!

The reason why my blog isn’t as successful as I would like it to be yet is because I don’t post as regularly as I would like. I suck. I can’t stick to a posting schedule to save my life and I procrastinate way too much for my own good. With that being said, I basically end up posting whatever I want whenever I want and that’s okay. As much as I love blogging and I love everyone who reads this at the end of the day this is for me. Anyways, moral of the story is that I’m sorry for not having a particular posting schedule at the moment, but one day I might.


Normally, Friday night is date night for my boyfriend and I. We never really planned it but eventually it just became a thing, but tonight I am solo since he is camping with his family. My best friend, who is also away in Florida having a grand time with her family suggested that I have a night to myself.

So here’s the plan.

It’s currently almost 5 o’clock in the evening and I am so hungry. I am going to go to the store and get something for dinner and maybe even a pint of ice cream and then come home and have a date with Netflix and Sophie’s cuddles (hopefully she’ll be up to it). I have a pretty full weekend coming up so tonight should be nice and relaxing!

Here’s the problem though (which isn’t really a problem) I don’t currently have anything to watch on Netflix since I am currently between shows. I am still currently watching Continuum but I won’t watch that without Joey. So, I need something new to binge tonight! Comment below because I need some suggestions!

Also, I think I want to take this time to get ahead on some other blog posts because I have some ideas in my head!


I think that is is a good thing to spend some time alone and just relax, especially if things have been hectic or are going to be hectic in the future. It gives you a chance to relax and to try not to worry. Even though that can be REALLY hard to do. I have been so anxious lately so hopefully tonight will just be nice and relaxing!

What are some things that you like to do to relax?

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Book Review: These Broken Stars

This was the first book that I pulled out of my TBR Jar and turns out I really quite enjoyed it a lot. Once I actually got into it, I flew right through and had a lot of fun reading it, there was sort of a mystery attached to it and I just wanted to read more and more.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the book I’m talking about today.

The best way that I know how to describe this book is that it is a mix between Titanic and Lost. Though, I have yet to see Lost (I know how good it is and the general premise of it and will most likely watch it on Netflix in the future) I can see similarities in it.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man and all of the galaxy and also the man who build the Icarus (AKA the biggest and best spaceship there is, similar to the titanic right?) and Tarver is a Soldier. They are both aboard the Icarus along with 10,000 other people. Ship falls out of hyperspace and crashes (titanic) Lilac and Tarver end up in an escape pod together and manage to safely land on an abandoned planet. Alone. Now is where the weird things happen. Lost-y things occur and Lilac encounters “The whispers”. These whispers are pretty weird and can do some interesting things. I am not going to talk more about those guys because  to me that was the most intriguing part of the book and I don’t want to spoil it!

Lilac and Tarver make their way through this abandoned planet together in the hopes of being saved but the longer they are there the more they see a life together on the planet and no longer want to go back to real life.

I feel like I have revealed too much but also I haven’t even said anything yet. Yeah, it is one of those amazing kind of books.


One thing that I really liked about this book was how it was being told. I really liked how every other chapter it switched points of view between Lilac and Tarver. They are both such different and complex characters and I really liked being able to be inside of both of their minds. I also thought this book was interesting to read because it only had those two characters in it, which makes sense, because you know, they are all alone on a different planet.

If you have been following me for a little while you can probably see this coming but…. Character Development!

In the beginning of the book, I was kind of nervous because there didn’t seem to be much there, boy was I wrong.

These characters grow and change so much during their journey through the planet and weirdly enough I began to relate to them. I would compare myself to to how they were handling things and I could relate, especially Lilac. At times though, I definitely could understand Tarver too.

Also at the beginning of the book, I was really confused about the setting. I felt like I didn’t get a very good idea about what the ship was like until after the crash. And then when we got to this planet, I kept wanting to read about more of the imagery about what it was like. I felt that there wasn’t enough imagery and I found myself filling in the gaps of that I thought their surroundings would be like. I just sort of assumed that because of “terraforming” that mean that it looked just like Earth but I really wanted it to be a little tiny bit more unique. As I kept reading I got a handle of the setting though, that or my mind just adapted.

Moral of the story: Keep reading because it gets really good!

As a whole, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it was different and I am glad that I read it. It has been two days now since I finished and I still notice myself thinking about Lilac and Tarver.

I really recommend you guys to give this book a try if you are looking for a new book to read!

Have a suggestion on what I should read next or put into my TBR Jar? Comment below and let me know!

❤ Tori

DIY: Bleach Dyeing!

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Today’s post is a DIY post and something that I have been wanting to to for awhile. I saw these types of projects on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. Today was the day I finally did the thing!

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Here are the things you are going to need:

  • Bleach
  • Black or dark colored T-shirt
  • rubber bands
  • bowl
  • smaller bowl or cup (for pouring on the bleach)

*Before I go on and tell you what to do, I really really recommend doing this outside!

So the first thing you do is to fold the shirt the way you want in order to get the desired effect. For this one I used the scrunch method. If you want to go for something else I talked about how to do the “bullseye” and the “spiral” here.

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I stared at the bottom and scrunched the fabric together. Once I did it to the entire shirt, I secured it with two rubber bands just to be sure it doesn’t go anywhere. You don’t really have to do that part but I just like to.

I used a the large bowl in order to try to keep the bleach contained and not get it everywhere. I put the tied up t shirt in there.

With the smaller bowl ( I used a small ceramic bowl, but you can use a cup) pour some bleach in and then just sort of drizzle the bleach wherever you want it on the shirt.

Once there is enough on the front, flip it over and do it again to the back!

I liked using the little bowl first, to prevent me from accidentally dumping the entire jug of bleach onto the shirt and ruining it because that is totally something I would do!

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This is really cool because you can literally see it changing colors right there!

While this is really cool it also means you have to work quickly. It can go from black to orange to white pretty fast so once you see the colors you like, then start washing it out!

Wash it out in the sink, or even the hose until the water is clear when you ring it out. It can take a few minutes.

After that, I laid the shirt out to dry in the sun, here is what the final product looks like.

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Once it is dry. Wash it alone with warm water (I’m not 100% sure but that’s what I did and it came out okay) with a little bit of detergent.


That’s it! Hope you guys liked this post and of course let me know if it is something you want to do too because I am always interested in how it comes out!

❤ Tori

I’m a Worrier.

I broke down yesterday.  The whole day was really rough but I knew it was coming for a while now. So much of it has been building up for some time. Months and months of worries and stress and anxiety and life and then it finally happened. In the purest Dane Cook form and it probably went on longer than it should have but I literally could not help it.

I blame anxiety. I hate being anxious and I hate the way it makes me think and feel all the time. The worst part is that I just can’t help it, that’s just how I am. I want to stop worrying when people tell me to “Just relax” or “Everything is going to be fine” or “What could you possibly be worrying about now?”. I want to stop so bad because I know it’s not rational, but I just can’t help it.

What better thing to talk about today than my worries?

  1. Because I think it might be cathartic for me to talk about.
  2. Maybe you guys might relate? Maybe? That, or I’m just a crazy person.

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  1. What I am going to do with my life – Sure, I have somewhat of a path in mind but I literally can’t see where I will be a year from now and that scares the hell out of me. I have a degree and I want to continue on, but where? What degree next? What are my goals? Will I even get in? All questions I do not have answers to.  I have never been one of those people who has always know what they want to do, and that’s okay.  But I still think and worry about it on a daily basis.
  2. Money – I feel like I shouldn’t but I do. I hate adulting. Sometimes I feel like my part time job just isn’t enough. On weeks where a bill is due, I can hardly even think about buying anything. It stresses me out man!
  3. Being a burden – I genuinely believe I am a burden to the people around me. It is so hard for me to believe that I am worth other people’s time. That sounds so terrible but it feels true. It is to the point that a lot of the time I hardly even message my friends first because I feel like I am bothering them, but then I don’t hear from them in months. What does that even mean? Are we even friends? I don’t know. I’m sure that they just get busy and that is a part of life and it’s not personal, but that’s the way I think you know?
  4. Being forgotten about – This goes along with the previous one, I worry that my friends will forget about me and move on, I worry I am holding my boyfriend back and he will move on without me. I know it’s not true but something I worry about so much. Also, this goes to a much grander scale. What if something happens and I die? The people in my life will mourn and then years in the future, that’s it. Just someone’s memory. It is important to me to do something worth remembering in life, and I worry whether I’ll be able to do so.
  5. The people around me – I care about other people more than myself most of the time. I care about how they are feeling and if they are okay or not. I am really super empathetic and that might take a toll on me, secretly deep down inside, where no one can see. And I know it’s bad but I do care what people think about me too.

We all have good days and bad, yesterday was bad and today is better. Maybe tomorrow will be great.

I could keep going on and on and but I edited the picture to say 5, so I should stick to that. If you can relate, then that’s great! Let me know in the comments below so we can support each other. 🙂 Also, if you have something to add, you know where to go!

Date Night By the Lake

The best kinds of nights are the ones that are not particularly planned. Those are the ones where the most fun is had, the ones where you get to explore new things and go somewhere you haven’t gone before. Joey and I had one of those nights the other day and I thought I’d share some of it with you! Especially since I actually took a few good photos.

We took a little mini road trip, up to Oswego and explored their little downtown area they have. All of the buildings and shops they are all around are so precious. I love that kind of atmosphere. Talking about it now makes me wish that I took more pictures than I did.


We went to this really cool restaurant for dinner. Their food was delicious but their drink menu was even better! If you can see in the picture, they have drinks for each of the 7 deadly sins, I thought that was so cool. I got the “sloth” which is the martini looking thing on the right and Joey got the Molotov Cocktail. They were both so good! After we finished those drinks we both wanted to try some of “Creepy Uncle Eddie’s Iced Tea”, like I said the menu was pretty cool and funny.

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After dinner we walked around the city a bit. I saw this building and thought it looked pretty cool and wanted to take a picture of it. I just liked the colors of it and how it looked so old. Right after I finished with the picture, we saw a sign right to the left of the building telling us about how that building was part of the underground railroad. So that’s a pretty fun fact!

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We kept walking around and exploring, I took this photo on a bridge, I really loved the colors on the sky in this one.

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Here’s another one I took when the sunset was even brighter.  This one was from another bridge that was a few blocks further away than the one above. That bridge that you can see in this picture, was the one that we were standing on in the one above.

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After  we explored, we headed toward their cinema and watched Paper Towns! I was so excited for the movie but Joey basically knew nothing about it. Turns out he loved the movie as much as I loved the book, which I was quite pleased with. It turned out to be such a great night!